zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Pours yellow/amber, with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is flowery and fruity. Taste is grapefruit and the body is just right. Alcohol is hidden well. Finishes with hops. Drinks very easily.
pexoo (17) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma hit with a flowery / fruit smell. For an IPA it has an unexpected creaminess, with a balanced hoppy flavor. My wife avers, "One of the best beers I have ever tasted. I like it."
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light carbonated yellow. Smelled sweet like oranges. Not crazy hoppy like a lot of stone ales. It does have a hop bite, but not overwhelming. Balanced out with a nice citrus flavor. This is a very good beer and should be tried by all.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a golden brown with a medium head that quickly faded. And after that all I noticed was hops. And that's it. From first taste to the long long long aftertaste is hops hops hops hops hops. I like!
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
They don't lie. This beer will "ruin" your palate for any beers you drink immediately afterward. Dark color, with heavy hops. Definite pine and citrus overtone.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark clear gold, fluffy white head. I bow to sir hop-a-lot. Great nose of PNW hops, pine, sweet grapefruit, and all things citric. Flavors are practically mirrored with aroma. The malt however plays up a great backup roll in producing what could almost be called balance. A hopbomb type bitterness that for whatever reason never hits over the top. Medium to full bodied, dry, lengthy bitter finish. Stone NEVER disappoints me.
mortimer (8) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours a dark yellowish orange color with an off white head, which didn’t last all that long. I could smell plenty of hops, but I also picked up some foresty pine scent as well. In my opinion the malt flavor was overpowered by all of the hops. It smelt and tasted sweet, but it had a strong and unpleasant aftertaste. It was extremely bitter, as expected, but to me, it didn’t seem very balanced. It was over the top hops. It could be that I am just not a huge fan of this style of beer. One thing is for sure, this is one of my least favorite beers that Stone makes.
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Definately my favorite from Stone Brewing Co. Big hops taste with a kick. The color is deep and rich. Highly recommended to IPA fans.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
American hops. But the american hops were not overpowering. Really mellow. Clear and golden in color. Pleasant yellow in color. Extremely drinkable. Malty and hoppy.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn. I actually thought that this would be hoppier, but...
22 oz bottle from the Beer Yard. Clear and golden with a nice white head. Pleasant big yet mellow hop aroma. The massive hop flavor and bitterness is backed up nicely with a big malt presence. This is an IIPA at its best. But far less hops than I expected from all the hipe! Extremely and dangerously drinkable, and that is an understatement!